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Prize money increased for centennial edition
March 5th, 2013 5:11PM

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[U.S. OPEN CUP] The 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup kicks off May 7. The 2013 tournament will feature 68 teams -- up from the 64 that competed last year -- and offer increased prize money.

The champion will earn $250,000 (up from $100,000 in recent years), the runner-up will receive $60,000 (up from $50,000) and the team that advances the furthest from each lower division will win $15,000 (up from $10,000).

This year also marks the second-consecutive year in which all U.S.-based Division I, II and III teams will participate in the tournament proper: 16 from Major League Soccer, six from the North American Soccer League and 12 from USL PRO.

Another significant change for 2013: the hosts of the final three matches will be determined by a coin flip as opposed to by a sealed-bid process.

Beyond the Division I, II, and III teams, the remaining 34 spots in the tournament field will be filled by amateur teams from the Adult Council category: PDL (16), NPSL (8), USASA (8), U.S. Club Soccer (1) and USSSA (1).

U.S. OPEN CUP:
May 7: Play-In Round
May 14: First Round
May 21: Second Round
May 28: Third Round
June 12: Fourth Round
June 26: Quarterfinals
Aug. 7 or 21: Semifinals
Oct. 1 or 2: Final



1 comment
  1. Doug Martin
    commented on: March 6, 2013 at 11:35 a.m.
    So an Amateur club who starts in the Play in round...and gets to the fourth round and finishes top the amateur ranks gets 10K ? No so lucrative, maybe a 50K payoff would make it much more exciting for Amateur teams to make run at it.


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